Greater Manchester Clean Air Zone

Greater Manchester has been directed by government to introduce a ‘Category C’ Clean Air Zone (CAZ) to reduce harmful nitrogen dioxide air pollution. The most polluting commercial vehicles would need to pay a charge to drive on local roads in Greater Manchester.

Clean Bus Fund – Retrofit Grants & Replacement Grants


Clean Bus Fund – Retrofit & Replacement Grants

We’ve worked with government to secure a multi-million-pound funding package to support bus operators. In March 2020 the Government awarded £14.7m of funding to retrofit buses running services in Greater Manchester that have older engines which are not compliant with the Greater Manchester CAZ emission standards. Since then, we have been awarded a further £3.2m of funding to support the replacement of vehicles that cannot be retrofitted for small and medium sized operators.

To achieve this, TfGM, on behalf of the 10 Greater Manchester Authorities, will be offering grants of up to £16,000 for operators of locally registered bus services, including minibuses and coaches, to support the retrofit or replacement of non-compliant vehicles.  This includes cross-boundary services operating within the Greater Manchester CAZ boundary, who can apply to the Funds, including if the vehicle(s) is registered outside of Greater Manchester. The numbers of eligible vehicles on cross-boundary services should already be agreed with operators.